Monday, December 31, 2012


Former Ontario Superior Court Justice James Crossland passed away on Dec. 23 at his home. He was 80.

Crossland earned his law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School and served as an assistant Crown attorney for the province. He was later appointed to the Provincial Court and then Superior Court benches. He was named Queen's Counsel in 1972.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Josephine, his sons James III and Joseph Darran. His funeral was held on Dec. 29. Condolences and memories can be left for him here.


WeirFoulds LLP Partner Frank E. Walwyn has received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medial for his commitment to community service and education.

Walwyn received the medal from MPP Margarett Best at an event hosted by the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers on Dec. 17.

The litigation lawyer is an active member of legal and other community boards. He is also a distinguished visiting scholar at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

“Not only is Frank a top litigator, but his dedication to education in the community shows his passion for the next generation of lawyers,” said WeirFoulds managing partner Lisa Borsook. “He is most deserving of this honour.”


Renowned Toronto criminal lawyer Eddie Greenspan is set to teach a political science course at Brock University.

Greenspan, whose feud with Conrad Black has attracted much attention from the media, is going to his native Niagara region in the winter semester.

“As one might expect with Greenspan, the focus [of the course] will include a strong and lively examination of the link between crime and politics,” said the university in a press release.

“We will use landmark cases and real events to look at the relationship between criminal law and politics,” said Greenspan.

The class will also look into how crime rates affect Canadian politics. Greenspan added the course aims to create a better awareness of how governments deal with crime.

Last spring, Brock University awarded Greenspan an honourary doctorate degree.


The Law Society of Upper Canada has granted Peterborough, Ont., lawyer Casey Oliver Watson permission to surrender his licence after finding him guilty of misleading his employer and clients.

Watson led his employer to believe that he had created 10 legitimate fee accounts receivable while he had in fact “intercepted them and purposefully prevented their delivery to the clients,” the law society panel ruled.

Watson had invoiced mileage that was not incurred, the panel added.

The lawyer is also ordered to pay $1,000 to the law society.

The panel found Watson misled clients, colleagues, and his client’s representative.

He delayed scheduling trials and preparing statement of claims, leading to a tardy disposition, the panel also found.

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